Sunday, February 27, 2011 blonddey, Community Member, asks

Q: if a person is eating normally how long should you go without a bowel movement before it becomes dangerous? It has been about 12 days or so since i have gone.

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Elizabeth Roberts, Health Guide
2/27/11 8:26pm

Hello Blond,

 

If you have truly been eating normally and not had any sort of bowel movement in 12 days I would see my doctor. This is not normal, nor is it healthy, and could even be dangerous.

 

Have you tried a laxative, or drinking prune juice, or anything else to stimulate a BM?

 

When you call your doctors office I would tell them your situation so you can get in as soon as possible.

 

Best,

Elizabeth

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